The Research Proposal should be a clear and concise presentation of the applicant's proposed research.
Proposals utilizing Gilead product(s) are not eligible for funding through the Research Scholars Program. Proposals involving Gilead product(s) should be submitted for review under the Investigator-Sponsored Research Grant Program through the ISR online portal.
Stage 1: One Page Specfic Aims Summary
Provide a one-page summary using the provided tempate and guidelines. It should be single-spaced, using 11 point Arial font and must include the following:
- Title of the proposed research
- Summary of research propposal and overall aim
- Recommended sections include but not limited to background/rationale, aims, approach (including research team/mentors), future directions, and public health significance
If you are requested by the Scientific Review Committee to submit a detailed proposal, the Proposal must include:
Provide an abstract of no more than 325 words outlining the applicant's proposed research.
Stage 2: Research Proposal
Proposal must be single-spaced (using 11 point Arial font or larger) and limited to 5 pages total, not including the bibliography or budget. Research proposals over 5 pages will not be accepted. Please include your bibliography with the research proposal but do not count these pages in the 5 page total.
The proposal must include the following information:
- Title of the proposed research
- Investigative Team
- Approach (this can include preliminary data but preliminary data is not required)
- Timeline (including timeline for regulatory approvals)
Each selected awardee is funded up to $100,000 USD (inclusive of any indirect costs), to be paid in two annual instalments of up to $50,000 USD per year directly to the researcher's institution. Funding for the second year is contingent upon submission of a progress report by each junior researcher and approval by the Chair of the Scientific Review Committee.
An itemized budget must be submitted with the proposal, consistent with the following guidelines:
- To maximize the research benefit of the award, the program encourages that every effort be made to minimize the utilization of the award to cover indirect costs. Indirect costs may not exceed 10% of the award value, and are included as part of the budget, not as an addition to the value of the award (subject to local variances to be approved by Gilead Sciences). Indirect costs are defined as overhead costs paid directly to the institution, for example maintenance of labs/space
and departmental/admin costs.
- The applicant may allocate salary support annually in accordance with local customary compensation and fringe benefits support for the applicant and/or a lab technician or similar position type
- Salaries and fringe benefits for mentors or students may not be included
Supplies such as disposables, chemicals, reagent kits, animals, etc, may be included. Purchases of durable equipment is not allowed within the budgets, however, the budget can support rental/lease of this durable equipment.
- Durable equipment would be lab tools and devices that are designed for use over a long period of time (e.g. many years), being resistant to wear and generally would be items that can be rented
Durable equipment excludes lab supplies and similar single-use or disposable products
- Equipment purchases with a single item value of greater than $2,500 USD may not be included. Rental of equipment is preferred where possible
Travel and Training:
- Up to $1,500 USD per year for awardee travel to a scientific meeting for presentation of data may be included. Applicants may include costs to support training up to $2,500 USD per year
Other Allowable Costs:
- Applicants may include costs to support mentored research projects. Costs should not exceed $10,000 USD per year
If the research project includes investigations on human subjects, a copy of the submission to the institutional review board (IRB) must be submitted prior to award. Award will be contingent upon IRB approval.
If the research project involves laboratory animals, researcher must certify that he/she will comply with all laws and regulations pertaining to care and use of animals in research prior to award.
The above are only guidelines for all eligible regions for this program. Should you be successful then all budget guidelines would be subject to your individual country rules and regulations.